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TIEM’s Consortium (NCIEC) Programming Teams Contributions 2005-2010

AA-BA Partnerships: Through programmatic initiatives and collaborative endeavors with partners and stakeholders, the AA to BA work team seeks to help foster quality interpreter education programs through enhanced communication, standards of practice, innovative curriculum models, and accreditation. The goals of the AA to BA work team are to forge stronger links between two year and four year Interpreter Education Programs, to elucidate for the field effective models of AA/BA partnerships that lead to successful interpreter education program design, and to establish and promote language standards and programmatic accreditation as critical underpinnings for educational success. To read more about TIEM’s National Center contributions to this team…

ASL Standards: Literacy in ASL is fundamental to the study of interpreting. A lack of standards for ASL literacy has hampered interpreter education for 30 years. Having standards for ASL that are carefully articulated with those of other spoken languages will place ASL on equal footing with other world languages and will improve the quality of students coming into interpreter education programs. To read more about TIEM’s National Center contributions to this team…

Deaf Advocacy Training Initiative: In keeping with RSA priorities, the overarching purpose of the Deaf Advocacy Training work team is to enhance the Deaf Community’s experience, effectiveness and utilization of interpreting services. The goal of DAT is to increase the Deaf Community’s ability to self-advocate for effective communication by participating in educational training opportunities that are culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate. To read more about TIEM’s National Center contributions to this team…

Deaf-Blind Interpreting: The goal of this team is to support the National Taskforce For Deaf Blind Interpreting (NTFDBI) efforts to increase the quality and availability of interpreters for deaf-blind people by supporting the NTFDBI to establish a standard of effective practice. To read more about TIEM’s National Center contributions to this team…

Deaf Interpreting: The NCIEC is investigating effective practices in Deaf Interpreting Education. A partner network of seven Deaf interpreters has been convened to inform and carry out this work. Ultimately, the goal is to identify effective practices in teaching Deaf interpreting, including curriculum and appropriate delivery methods to meet the educational needs of current and future Deaf interpreters. You can visit their website to read the annotated bibliography, and access more updated information about this team. To read more about TIEM’s National Center contributions to this team…

Discover Interpreting: The NCIEC has embarked on a nationwide marketing campaign, ‘Discover Interpreting,’ designed to draw men and women from diverse backgrounds into careers as American Sign Language-English interpreters. To read more about TIEM’s National Center contributions to this team…

Effective Practices: The Effective Practices Team (EPT) serves to help the NCIEC achieve its outcome targets and programmatic responsibilities through the identification and use of research based, effective practices. You can find out more about our team’s mission and history, or browse the tools and resources developed or supported by the team for evaluating interpreter education programs at www.nciec.org. All of these tools are in the public domain, and were developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Education RSA CFDA #84.160A and B, Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind. To read more about TIEM’s National Center contributions to this team… Linguistic & Cultural Diversity: The NCIEC is working to ensure that all NCIEC activities and products include perspectives and input from linguistically and culturally diverse communities. We actively seek feedback, counsel and involvement from stakeholders who are under-represented in our field. Furthermore, we understand that people access NCIEC information and programs through a variety of ways and work to ensure that all NCIEC materials are accessible to the broadest audience possible. To read more about TIEM’s National Center contributions to this team…

Mentoring: The purpose of the team is to identify and foster quality and effective mentoring as an essential component of the system needed to close the gap between pre-service education and certification, and beyond. The efforts of this team directly support the NCIEC goal of significantly increasing the number of qualified and credentialed interpreters in the field by focusing efforts on identifying current, best, and eventually effective practices in mentoring activities across the country that enhance interpreting services to Deaf, Deafblind, hard of hearing and non-deaf consumers. Through these efforts, best practices will be documented and promulgated so that resources and energies invested in mentoring activities are more efficiently and effectively utilized. The goals that guide the work of the Mentoring work-team include:

  • Identify the current, best and eventually effective practices in mentoring of ASL/English interpreters.
  • Identify resources that effectively enhance mentoring activities.
  • Promote: 1) standards and 2) programmatic evaluation as critical elements in fostering and maintaining effective mentoring practices.
  • Foster and support mentoring initiatives which are effective, sustainable, and replicable.
  • To read more about TIEM’s National Center contributions to this team…

Needs Assessments: The TIEM Center spearheaded the seminal National Consortium (NCIEC) Needs Assessments Initiative (2005-2010). During that tenure, the first national needs assessments in interpreting, interpreting education, and vocational rehabilitation were designed, implemented and widely disseminated. Produced with funding from RSA #H160A&B, the information informed the field and have been essential for those creating the vision of our future in interpreting education. The needs assessment reports produced under our leadership are available through the link. Included, wherever possible, are the final reports, any webinars and other supporting materials. To read more about TIEM’s National Center contributions to this team…